Feb. 17, 2006
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Junior Leslie Macedo (Livermore, Calif) tallied her first career multi-home run game and drove in a career-high seven runs as the Miami University softball team (4-2) dropped Morehead State, 10-2, in its second game at the Troy Cox Invitational. Macedo clubbed a first-inning grand slam and added a three-run blast in the second, giving her 16 RBIs and a .684 batting average (13-for-19) through the first six games of the season.
At the New Mexico State Softball Complex, the RedHawks top four hitters in the lineup went a combined 7-for-11 and drove in all 10 runs as the Miami offense reached the ten-run mark for the third time this season. The win also gave Miami its second consecutive run-rule win as it defeated George Mason, 12-4, in its tournament opener.
Miami got on the board before Morehead State recorded an out as Macedo's first career grand slam staked the RedHawks to an early 4-0 lead. After a pair of singles and a walk put the first three batters on base, Macedo cranked a 1-0 pitch over the rightfield fence for her second home run of the season.
Four two-out runs in the top of the second extended Miami's lead to 8-0. Following two quick outs and a single by freshman Ashley Gartland (Tempe, Ariz.), freshman Alexis Javier (Whittier, Calif.) plated the RedHawks' first run in the inning by doubling home Gartland. After a throwing error extended the inning, Macedo made the Eagles pay for their miscue with her second round-tripper of the game, depositing a three-run line drive over the right centerfield wall.
Miami added two more runs in the top of the third as a two-out, two-RBI double by Gartland put the RedHawks up 10-0. After a fielder's choice and an infield single by junior Ashley Nieman (Richmond, Mich.) put runners at first and second with two outs, Gartland slapped a double to left centerfield, plating both runners.
Morehead State cut into the lead with single runs in the third and fourth innings, but failed to score in the fifth as the game was cut short by the eight-run rule.
Miami's win moved it to 9-0 all time versus the Eagles. Since the series began in 1978, Miami has won nine straight.
Freshman Kelly Cabana (Irvine, Calif.) earned her first collegiate win (1-0), striking out four in four innings in the circle. At the plate, Gartland had a perfect 3-for-3 performance, notching a pair of singles and a double while driving in two runs. Macedo was the only other Miami batter with multiple-hits, finishing 2-for-3 with her pair of home runs.
Miami resumes action in the Troy Cox Invitational tomorrow at 9 a.m. when it faces Texas State.